16 May 1943 China Japan
  • Nachi refueled from oiler Teiyo Maru in Kataoka Bay, Paramushiro (Paramushir), Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Paramushiro, Hokkaido | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale took station 56 kilometers east of Wake Atoll and guided US Army B-24 bombers toward Wake. She was spotted by a Japanese aircraft, but sustained no damaged in the subsequent attack. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • USS Grayback damaged a Japanese destroyer in the South Pacific, hitting her with 2 of 6 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
Poland
  • The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended in Poland with the destruction of the Warsaw synagogue at 2015 hours. In J├╝rgen Stroop's final daily report, he noted that 180 Jewish fighters were killed on this final day. ww2dbase [Warsaw Ghetto Uprising | J├╝rgen Stroop | Warsaw | TH]
United Kingdom
  • Wing Commander Guy Gibson's Dambusters took off from Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom for an attack on the Ruhr River dams in Germany. ww2dbase [Dambuster Raid | England | TH, CPC]
United States

16 May 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945